No cut-offs in DU, different type of merit list at BHU — how CUET's changing college admission – ThePrint

New Delhi: Delhi University (DU) colleges will no longer prepare individual merit lists for admissions, ThePrint has learnt. This year onwards, admissions will happen only on the basis of marks scored in the Common University Entrance Test (CUET), made mandatory for undergraduate courses by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in March.
DU has reportedly received over 6 lakh applications for its undergraduate courses this year. The university will open its admissions portal in the first week of July and students will be able to select their preferred colleges on the portal. Admission will then be granted on the basis of CUET scores and students’ college preference through a descending merit list.
Till now, individual colleges like Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Hindu, Lady Shri Ram, Hansraj and others would declare their individual cut-off marks and students would seek admission accordingly. The new practice will completely end the role of colleges in the admission process.
D.S. Rawat, dean of examinations, Delhi University, told ThePrint: “Admission will be granted completely on the basis of CUET marks. This way, top scorers in the test will get their preferred choice of college. For example, if 100 students score 100 marks in CUET and all of them have opted for SRCC as their top choice, they will all get admission in that college.”
“In case seats in a student’s preferred college get filled, the student will automatically be moved to their second choice,” he added. His advice to students: “Fill in as many college preferences as possible because, if you fail to select any college, you will not get another chance at the time of counselling.”
Some of the other central universities, like Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), that traditionally decide admissions on the basis of entrance tests, will also make use of the CUET scores, but not in the same way as DU.
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Allahabad University and BHU, for instance, will prepare merit lists on the basis of CUET scores. The difference for them would be that instead of conducting the entrance tests themselves, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will hold the test and provide scores.
An admissions official at BHU told ThePrint that once they receive the CUET scores from the NTA, they will call students for counselling. Allahabad University plans to have a similar process.
Jamia Millia Islamia, which is using CUET for only eight of its courses, is yet to decide on the procedure.
The CUET will be conducted by the NTA between 15 July and 10 August across 554 cities in India, and 13 cities outside the country. Applications of over 10 lakh students have been received so far, and 86 universities, including state and central ones, will use the scores for admissions.
The exam will be conducted in 13 languages — Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, English, Hindi and Urdu — and students will be allowed to appear for a maximum of nine subjects.
(Edited by Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri)
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